August 2018

Summertime Isn't Easy for All... Help Neighbors in Need

"SOS: Save Our Summer-Feed the Cape" has been a success for five years because of the generosity of people like you who help the Cape Coral Caring Center take care of our neighbors in need. This year, the Caring Center has made changes to make giving a cinch. You don't need to attend an event or make a trip to the Cape Coral Caring Center. Your donations will be picked up on Goodness-to-Go-Day: Thursday, Sept. 13.
When you support SOS, you are supporting the entire community. Here's how to help:

1. Register at Caring Center SOS today. List special instructions for gated communities.


2. Pack a Goodness-to-Go bag or box with food, baby supplies, toiletries and gift cards to place on your porch or near your front door in the shade.


3. You will receive an email reminder, though exact pick-up times cannot be confirmed.


4. Goodness-to-Go packages will be picked up on the designated Goodness-To-Go Day - Thursday, Sept. 13.

Nominate Outstanding Givers and Doers
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Nominations are open for the Cape Coral Community Foundation's 2018 ENPY Awards. The Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly Awards celebrate nonprofit organizations and individuals in Southwest Florida who "work tirelessly  to make our community a better place to live.  Nominations for 10 categories are being accepted through Aug. 31.  Sponsorships are also available. The ENPY Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 11: a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 13051 Bell Tower Dr. in Fort Myers.

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4th Wednesday BizChat

Aug. 22
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral
360 Santa Barbara Blvd .

In partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center, informative BizChats are held each month from January through October and include a free light lunch with networking opportunities. This popular event is held at the Kiwanis Hall of Cape CoralCome early to get a seat at this popular event!
Need to Know: Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide Relief, Business Surveys 

Emergency Bridge Loan Program Assists Small Businesses Impacted by Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses who continue to be affected by the Lake Okeechobee algal bloom and impacts from naturally occurring red tide. The bridge loan program provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses experiencing physical or economic loss.
Small business owners with 2 to 100 employees located in one of the 13 counties affected by the algal bloom and red tide can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These interest-free loans are granted in terms of up to 180 days for businesses that can document economic injury or physical damage as a result of the algal bloom or red tide.
Application Deadlines

Small businesses impacted by blue-green algae in Lee County may apply for assistance through Sept. 7.
Small businesses impacted by red tide in Lee County may apply for assistance through Oct. 12.
To complete an application, or for more information on the program, visit For questions regarding the bridge loan, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3479 or email
Take a Voluntary Damage Assessment Survey

The DEO is surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the survey, click HERE and select "Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algae Blooms" or "Southwest Florida Red Tide" from the drop-down menu. Response to the damage assessment is not an application for assistance; businesses must fill out a bridge loan application.
Cape Coral Chamber Economic Impact Survey

Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce is collecting data on the economic impact that the water quality has had on your business to deliver to elected officials and for future reference. The information is being compiled collectively and your individual data will remain confidential. Note: There are specific sections for different categories of business, so answer only the categories that pertain to you. If you manage multiple outlets, then answer all applicable categories. 
Take the survey:  Chamber Survey
For more information, call the Chamber at (239) 549-6900.
New Cape Coral Businesses
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125  new businesses registered for Cape Coral Business Tax Receipts
in July 2018.
Click here to view new Cape Coral business reports. 
Students, Job Seekers and Employers: Click Here